Obscure & Legendary Beer Pong Rules | Beer Pong
By now I’m sure most of us are familiar with the general rules of beer pong. If not, we’ll have to address what you’ve been spending your parents’ money doing at another time. Usually the game involves 2-4 competitors employing the use of six or ten cups and two ping pong balls. Everyone gets one shot with the teams alternating possessions. If both players make their shots they get the balls back. These rules are the basis for how the game is played around the United States. Below are a few of the fun adjustments I’ve come across in my beer pong playing experience.
“NBA Jam“- Classic childhood game for me turned into night of debauchery. The rules behind this tweak are simple, if your parents didn’t ruin your childhood by keeping you out of arcades, I mean. You call “heating up” after the second consecutive shot an individual makes. Making a third one puts that individual “On Fire”, this means they shoot until they miss up to making five in a row. Basically you get two free shots if you don’t miss.
“Naked Lap“- Pretty simple rule, if your team doesn’t hit any cups then you run naked.
“Trolling”- No this is not what you and your friends do around closing time at the local bars. This rule is designed to put emphasis on the importance of teamwork. If one player on a team doesn’t hit any cups, and his/her team loses then that player has to sit under the table for the following game.
“Airball(?)”- I’m not entirely sure what to call this one, so I’m gonna keep it simple with Airball. I played with this rule when I visited my boy at Santa Clara University, basically, if you shoot for the cup and completely miss you loose a cup. I personally think that rule sucks, “I’m fucking drunk, what are the odds I do that a few times?” I’ve also seen a version of this rule where you have to catch the other person’s airball with one hand for them to loose a cup. That rule is a little better for me, since your drunk ass has to catch it.
“Pike Rules”- This is more a variation than a rule. In this version of beer pong there are twelve cups on each side. The cups are divided into two six cup pyramids placed side by side. The idea is the same as regular pong except that you are shooting against the person directly across from you. If you make it in their partner’s cup it doesn’t count. This continues until there are only six cups remaining on the other teams side, at that point there is an automatic re-rack and both partners may shoot at the remaining six cups. This version is a lot of fun to settle trash talk between individual players.
“Squanto”- Also known as the Iso, Island, and Skill cup in certain circles. Calling Squanto, or any of the other names, indicates that you are shooting at a cup on the table that is currently standing alone. This means that it is not touching any other cups on the table when I, excuse me, when you make this cup then the other team chooses another cup to come off the table as well.
“Behind the Back”- Rolls back to you on the table after you shot. You shoot it behind your back. Simple!
If the ball is circling in the cup, guys can finger and girls can blow, if you’re into that type of thing. The most important rule is that you have to DRINK BEFORE YOU SHOOT! I thought we were partying, otherwise I’d be working on my dissertation. If I’ve left out something that you play with, or have played with feel free to leave a comment to let us know.